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Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful cultural practices in the West by Sheila Jeffreys

By Sheila Jeffreys

The new version of Beauty and Misogyny revisits and updates Sheila Jeffreys' uncompromising critique of Western attractiveness perform and the industries and ideologies at the back of it. Jeffreys argues that good looks practices should not concerning person girl selection or artistic expression, yet symbolize as an alternative an enormous element of women's oppression. As those practices became more and more brutal and pervasive, the necessity to scrutinize and dismantle them is that if something extra pressing now because it was once in 2005 while the 1st variation of the ebook was once published.


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The United international locations proposal of "harmful traditional/cultural practices" presents an invaluable lens for the writer to increase her critique. She makes the case for together with Western good looks practices inside this definition, reading their position in destructive women's overall healthiness, developing sexual distinction and imposing lady deference.


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First-wave feminists of the Seventies criticized pervasive good looks regimes comparable to weight loss program and depilation, yet a later argument took carry that good looks practices have been not oppressive now that ladies may perhaps "choose" them. in recent times the truth of Western good looks practices has develop into even more bloody and critical, requiring the breaking of pores and skin and the rearrangement or amputation of physique elements. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make experience of why attractiveness practices haven't merely endured yet turn into extra severe. It examines the pervasive use of make-up, the misogyny of favor and high-heeled footwear, and appears on the function of pornography within the production of more and more well known good looks practices reminiscent of breast implants, genital waxing, surgical alteration of the labia and different kinds of self-mutilation. The e-book concludes by way of contemplating how a tradition of resistance to those practices may be created.


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A new and carefully up-to-date version of this crucial paintings will entice all degrees of scholars and academics of gender stories, cultural reports and feminist psychology, and to an individual with an curiosity in feminism, ladies and sweetness, and women's health.

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